Thursday, 18 April 2013

ROS does not recognise DAP's CEC lineup

Just two days to nomination day, the Registrar of Societies (ROS) has apparently sent a letter to DAP informing the party that it does not recognise DAP's central executive committee (CEC).

DAP is expected to converge an emergency meeting at 3pm today as it scrambles to deal with the repercussions of the ROS’ decision, and will most likely call for a press conference an hour later. 

Party secretary-general Lim Guan Eng refused to comment further on the matter when asked during a press conference to announce its Selangor candidacy list at DAP headquarters in Kuala Lumpur. 

Other DAP leaders, when contacted by Malaysiakini, confirmed receiving a letter from the ROS, but did not specify as to its content. 

The letter, dated yesterday and supposedly by the ROS, is being circulated on the Internet. However, its authenticity has yet to be verified by DAP or ROS. 

However, attempts by Malaysiakini to contact ROS director-general Abdul Rahman Othman has so far failed, while another senior officer claimed to have no knowledge of the letter. 

If true, this could tantamount to a major blow to DAP’ preparations for the coming May 5 general election, touted to be the tightest in Malaysian political history. 

As of now, it is also unclear if this would affect the party's candidates' use of the DAP logo on nomination day. 

DAP had come under ROS' probe for the "technical glitch" that happened during party polls in December last year, which resulted in changes to their initial CEC lineup.

The party had claimed that a technical error occured during vote tabulation, and later refused calls for fresh polls despite protests from certain party members.—malaysiakini

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